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Day: May 22, 2018

How much Google and Facebook are worth to you
Featured, Technology

How much Google and Facebook are worth to you

    On my morning commute last week I decided to dip into a bit of eighteenth century philosophy: Hume’s fork, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Then I veered off into some physics: Newton’s law of universal gravitation, Einstein’s theory of general relativity. But what’s even more remarkable than my geekiness is the fact that I did all this on my smartphone. The articles were on Wikipedia. And I started out not with a planned reading list but with Google. In those ancient days before smartphones, WiFi on public transport, and, of course, the internet, I would have needed to go to a library to read up on such an eclectic range of topics. Or I would have needed to carry a number of books around with me, carefully selected before leaving the house. We all know that digital...
Brexit has cost each household £900
Featured, United Kingdom

Brexit has cost each household £900

    Households are £900 worse off since the Brexit vote, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has claimed. Despite global and European economies being much, much stronger than they were when the Bank made its economic predictions ahead of the 2016 referendum, and a very large stimulus provided by the Bank of England, the UK's economy is up to two per cent lower than it would have been, he said this morning, adding: That is a reasonable difference. If you map that into household incomes... Real household incomes are about £900 lower than we forecast in May 2016, which is a lot of money, he added. Carney said investment spending was three or four percentage points lower than expectations but struck a note of optimism, saying the Bank now expected that to increase, which ...
Putin claimed a new nuclear missile had unlimited range
Featured, Russia

Putin claimed a new nuclear missile had unlimited range

    Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged earlier this year that his country had a new nuclear-powered missile with unlimited range but it has yet to perform a successful test over multiple attempts, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report on the weapons program. The cruise missile was tested four times between November and February, each resulting in a crash, according to sources who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. The U.S. assessed that the longest test flight lasted just more than two minutes, with the missile flying 22 miles before losing control and crashing. The shortest test lasted four seconds and flew for five miles. One report, according to the sources, did not mention health or environmental risks posed by dam...
Sweden tells citizens how to prepare for war
Europe, Featured

Sweden tells citizens how to prepare for war

    Sweden is sending an updated version of a Cold War era advice booklet on how to cope with an outbreak of war to around 4.8 million households. The 20 page pamphlet, titled If Crisis or War Comes, contains advice about where to find bomb shelters and how to secure basic necessities such as food, clean water and heat. It tells Swedes they have a duty to act if their country is threatened for total defence, and was first published during the Second World War and subsequently during the Cold War. If Sweden is attacked by another country, we will never give up, the booklet says. All information to the effect that resistance is to cease is false. The Scandinavian nation has also accused Russia of repeated violations of their airspace, an assertion Moscow has either dism...
Man jailed after admitting sharing terrorist-related material
Featured, United Kingdom

Man jailed after admitting sharing terrorist-related material

    A man has been jailed for two years after admitting possessing and sharing terrorist-related material, a police force has said. Farooq Rashid, of Bradford, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a publication likely to be useful to a terrorist and one count of disseminating a terrorist publication, Counter Terrorism Policing North East said. The 43-year-old was jailed for 24 months at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, the force added. support, radicalise, and provoke individuals to carry out attacks abroad and in the UK. By sharing and possessing such documents, Rashid has now received a prison sentence.